Self Magazine debuted its first digital covering this week, which proved plus-sized model Tess Holliday and told readers that her “health is none of your business.”
The health and wellness publication posted the encompas to its Instagram account and included a portion of Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Kylstra’s editor’s letter, which explains why the publication decided to give Holliday “a platform.”
“Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about flourish in a world that devalues the organizations of size, ” the letter said. “We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to construct health accessible.”
It went on to add that a person’s level of health can’t be determined “just by looking at them.”
“And moreover, you should know that concern trolling — employing a person’s perceived health to justify inducing them feel bad about themselves — isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive, ” it said.
Some commenters on the post applauded the magazine’s decision, with one user penning, “Thanks for showing ALL kinds of beautiful females! ” and the other saying they “adore this! ”
Another commenter wrote, “Thank you @selfmagazine for showing the world a range of health bodies- and encouraging people to look at the many important factors that make up a well human.”
Others had a different reaction, however, with one user writing that “this is terribly unhealthy.”
Another commenter said: “She’s so not healthy! I think horrible to promote it. She maybe smart, and an activist but for fat and overweight shouldn’t be extol! Bad move.”
Holliday shared the covering– on which she dons a pink outfit that leaves her back and tattooed arm uncovered — on her social media account as well, saying that she was “over the moon.”
“This is totally surreal to find a fat body on the encompas of a health magazine, ” she posted.
The publication shared other pictures of Holliday from the photoshoot as well, in which she sports different outfits.
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